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Why do swords wielded 1H or 2H have shorter reach with 2H? 4 years 1 week ago #3797

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My play­ers had this ques­tion recently and I wasn’t able to come up with an ade­quate rea­son. Per­haps some­one can enlighten me a bit?
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Why do swords wielded 1H or 2H have shorter reach with 2H? 4 years 1 week ago #3802

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Reach is not just weapon length plus arm length. One also needs to fig­ure into the equa­tion how a weapon can be used with a cer­tain type of grip.

One handed, you can (and usu­ally will) attack some­waht side­ways, with your weapon arm’s shoul­der for­ward, thus you can gauge Reach from the nearer shoul­der, whereas you would of course have to use the far shoul­der for twohanded use. One handed, you can extend your effec­tive reach by lean­ing for­ward from the hip or even lung­ing, both of which are not pos­si­ble with twohanded use. Con­se­quently, twohanded has shorter Reach.
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Why do swords wielded 1H or 2H have shorter reach with 2H? 4 years 6 days ago #3805

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Try it — pick up a stick or some­thing in one hand and see how far you can reach with it. Now try again hold­ing it with both hands.
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